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Jason Ohlberg

Jason Ohlberg

Assistant Professor

Office: Dance Center 227
Telephone: 518-580-8378
Email: johlberg@skidmore.edu

Originally from Fresno, California, Jason attended the State University of New York at Purchase in the early 1990s. Following an eighteen-year professional dance career, he graduated summa cum laude with his B.F.A. in dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. In 2015 he earned his M.F.A. from the University of Washington and was awarded the prestigious Dean’s Graduate Medal from the College of Arts and Sciences. With an emphasis on anatomical structure and kinesiology in relationship to the art of dance, Jason’s thesis work was presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conference in the fall of 2015. In addition to his artistic and scholarly work, Jason has been a certified classical Pilates teacher for well over a decade.

Professionally, Jason has danced with numerous companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Dance Kaleidoscope, Jan Erkert and Dancers, Wade Madsen and Dancers, and the University of Washington’s Chamber Dance Company. A repertory dancer, Jason has performed an array of works by such diverse choreographers as Mark Morris, Martha Graham, David Hochoy, Twyla Tharp, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Doug Varone, Zvi Gothheiner, Shapiro and Smith, Susan Marshall, and Nacho Duato.

In 1997, Jason founded Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre in Chicago, Illinois where he acted as artistic director and head choreographer for four years. Since then, he has created works throughout the country for companies and festivals including Dance Kaleidoscope, Cornish Dance Theatre, Spectrum Dance Theatre, the Seattle International Dance Festival (SIDF), Against the Grain; Men in Dance, The Seattle Children’s Theatre, Arc Dance Productions, and the Ruth Page Dance Festival. In 2013 Seattle Dance Project named him resident choreographer for the company’s sixth season.

Jason has taught extensively at a multitude of professional schools and training programs including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Spectrum Dance Theatre, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. He has served on the faculties of Barat College, the University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts. In 2016 he was appointed Assistant Professor at Skidmore College and currently teaches Ballet III, Modern IV, Pilates, and the Senior Capstone Seminar.